cover image Promise Me Forever

Promise Me Forever

Diane Amos. Five Star, $25.95 (286p) ISBN 978-1-4328-2543-0

Amos (The Legacy) takes readers to the wilds of late 19th-century Montana as a stubborn cowboy learns the true meaning of love. Boston-bred Elizabeth O'Hara disguises herself as a nun and takes her two younger siblings to Montana to escape their cruel stepfather. In the small town of Welcome, handsome rancher Ben Ricker hires Elizabeth as a cook. Lighthearted bantering about her lack of culinary skill contrasts with Ben's despair as someone sabotages his ranch. Ben's attraction to Elizabeth is complicated by her desire to keep her siblings safe and her identity secret. The development of the romance is somewhat predictable, but Elizabeth is a standout heroine who remains pretty unflappable despite her brushes with Montana wildlife and Ben's frequent criticism. Fast-paced and engaging, this blithe tale will appeal to fans of historical Western romance. (Dec.)